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a tip!! [17 Jul 2006|06:17pm]

If you're a beginner to macrobiotics, run out and get the current issue of Macrobiotics Today (July/August 2006). Included in it is a great article about the macrobiotic kitchen that goes into building a kitchen, a pantry and a great meal plan. Enjoy!
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New 1yr Program at Macrobiotic Culinary School [05 Jan 2005|11:12am]

If you are interested in culinary school, then this is the place for you. Or if you are ill or have someone close to you who is sick you can learn how to heal while you learn to cook! I go to this school and it's the best decision I could make for myself! It's truly amazing what I have learned and the ways in which I've changed. All the info you need is below. Feel free to email me with questions or call Dawn to set up an appointment. Austin is a wonderful place if you have never been before.

Beginning in 2005 we are offering a ONE-YEAR PROGRAM for SUPPORT, EDUCATION, and INSPIRATION for any student who wishes to join. In the Yearlong Program you will enjoy many benefits, including:

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Austin, Texas 78704 USA

store: 512/476-2276
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Hello everyone :) [04 Dec 2004|11:44pm]
[ mood | peaceful ]

Hi everyone, just started here! :)

I've been reading and practicing a bit of macrobiotics for awhile so I've got some of the basics down. I believe it's safe to say that your mind is probably the most quintessential element to starting any new diet and having some effectiveness with it.

I've come here today to ask you guys of some materials (mostly online) for meals that I can prepare and eat weekly. I live in a small town and it is really limited, but we do have nutrution and health spots in town. Anyways, I'm thinking about going shopping and I'd just like to know what I should pick up (that is, if they have it) that will help me stop eating this poison that seems to be a large part of my life (dairy, meat, etc).

So to sum this up. Spam me (lol) with some recipes that are fairly easy to follow, that will help me to make some decent soups and salads (that you've tried and tested) that will help me have a better walk in life.

Thanks for your time guys.

Sincerely in health,
Jacob Vivian

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newbie help! [29 Nov 2004|10:27am]

Hi all! Name's Carolee and I'm new to this whole macrobiotics thing. First, a little about meCollapse )

Do you feel that eating macrobiotically would help me? I really need to start eating in a way that will even out my mood and energy levels. Ideally, I'd like to couple this with restarting my yoga practice and adding some other exercise (specifically cardio to counteract the weight I've started putting on again), so I'll need a good amount of energy to get me through my day.

On top of that, what do you all do for quick meals on the go? Like I'd said, I'm working full-time, as is my boyfriend. I may start taking yoga classes again. I need good, flavorful food that's portable. I'm nuts for Japanese food and I'm seeing a lot of asian-type dishes when I look at various websites. But, I'd like some personal tried-and-true help. Having a good flavor to it (herbs and spices, specifically savory as I'm not a fan of sweets) is really important. If it's bland, I'm less likely to be enthused about it and less likely to eat it.

Thanks so much!!!
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Tried burdock and daikon : ) [12 Nov 2004|07:13pm]

I have finally eaten my veggies.
I grated the daikon and just mixed it in with other stuff and honestly, it went right down, didn't even notice it! It was so cool.

And I did try the other suggestion I got about umeboshi plum vinegar and really like that too. The burdock still reminds me of a goblin horn from Lord of the Rings or something, but I've forced some down. Still not wild about it, tho.

There is a recipe I LOVED I found online and wanted to share. It was so good, our apartment smelled like heaven and this dish was served to a "steak and potatoes" dinner guest and he liked it too!

I found it online at www.macrobiotics.co.uk/ The site was very informative for those like me still looking for more info, too.: )

Cheers all and happy cooking!

"Beautiful Barley Cakes"

2 cups cooked pearled barley
2 ea. garlic cloves, minced
1 ea. medium onion diced small
½ cup fresh or frozen sweet peas
½ cup corn
1 cup cooked black soybeans, drained
½ cup daikon, washed and cut into ¼-inch dice
½ cup carrot, washed and cut into ¼-inch dice
2 ea. leafy green leaves (collards, kale, bok choy),
washed and thick stems removed

¼ cup fresh parsley, washed and chopped
1 cup organic white pastry flour
1 TBS. Shoyu or Tamari

Green & Yellow Bean Puree
1 cup fresh green string beans, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup fresh yellow string beans, washed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Spring or well water
½ tsp. Ume plum vinegar
Toasted Sesame Oil

Garnish: Toasted Black Sesame Seeds and sliced scallions

1. Place string beans in separate saucepans with ¼-inch water and two drops of Ume plum vinegar. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover with a lid. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Place yellow beans in a blender or small processor. Puree. Adjust thickness with bean broth. Place in small bowl and set aside until plating. Repeat using green beans.

2. In large sauté pan toast the garlic in the ½ tsp. sesame oil. Remove garlic from sesame oil. Set garlic aside.

3. Stack leafy greens. Roll them like a cigar. Slice very thin. Heat oil in sauté pan over medium-high flame. Add greens. Cook 1 minute or until bright green. Remove greens. Set aside.

4. Place barley, cooked garlic, onion, peas, corn, soybeans, daikon, carrot, leafy greens and parsley in large bowl. Fold mixture together until well blended. Add tamari and flour. Test mixture for ability to hold the shape of a small patty. If mixture is too moist add small amount of flour. Blend. If too dry add water.

5. Brush bottom of sauté pan with sesame oil. Heat over a medium flame. Place a food ring in pan. Spoon in the barley mixture. Pack mixture in ring. Remove ring. Or shape with hands. Cook until golden brown on bottom. Turn cake over. Cook until golden brown on both sides.

6. Garnish: Drizzle or create your own design with the yellow and green bean purees. Sprinkle with fresh sliced scallions and toasted black sesame seeds.
Recipe by Roxanne Koteles-Smith
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another question [12 Nov 2004|07:06pm]

Okay, so I am wondering if anyone out there can help me with this one.
And by the way, thanks all for the great info on my last post as well! This is so great!
My new question -- each time I begin eating only strict macro, I begin to shed hair. This is really upsetting cuz I love love love my long brown hair and seeing how I am a bellydancer, it's an important thing for me to have professionally. I have to confess, the hair shedding is one reason I always quit macrobotics and go back to my usual vegan diet.
Does anyone know why this might happen? Is there anything I can do to stop it or help my poor scalp hold on to its hair? I am only 29 and there is no history of baldness on either side of my family. I'm really baffled, none of my macro books seem to address this issue!
Thanks in advance!
Blessings and brown rice!
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Mystery veggies [08 Nov 2004|04:05pm]

[ mood | curious ]

Tho I am not entirely new to macrobiotics (off and on about 1 1/2 years), I am still very green. So to speak. I find that the hard parts for me are setting aside enough time to prepare all the food -- and forcing myself to eat some of the very new veggies. Does anyone out there have suggestions for eating umeboshi plums? Or burdock or daikon? Umeboshi plums make me feel like I am going to gag. I buy the Eden Foods brand.

I am a ten year vegetarian, mostly vegan. I've found it difficult to walk away from sugar and convience foods, like veggie burgers, and also nightshade veggies. The sugar tho -- whew! Talk about a withdraw. I can barely stand being in my own company when I am going up and down on the sugar rollercoaster!

Also -- I've seen some posts on here about macrobiotics and weight. I would imagine that a balanced macro diet would affect weight in a positive way for sure! As a long time vegetarian, I can tell you I have never had a weight problem. Sure, when I eat junk and loads of hi-calorie sweets, I gain weight. But i've never been biggger than a size six in my whole life!

So -- anyone for umeboshi, daikon or burdock? Help -- I wanna learn how to eat these guys!

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French Meadows anyone? [07 Jul 2004|11:36pm]

Just wondering if anyone is going to the French Meadows campout this year....I'm going again this year, as I go most years -- never knowing what to expect, but always enjoying myself and feeling really great when all is said and done, but it would be nice to know more people that are going ahead of time.
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a few simple questions... [23 Nov 2003|08:29pm]

hi. my name is tiffany. i have been vegan for about 6 years, and i am now seriously considering moving into a macrobiotic diet. it doesn't seem that difficult of a transition from veganism. i will have a little struggle giving up most of the breads i usually eat, chocolate (eeek), tomatoes, and a few other things, i'm sure i will benefit much more and those are just a few sacrifices i must make.

anyway, my questions are these:

-as i am a college student and i like to take my lunch to school with me, what do you suggest for portable meals?
-am i to make the bread i plan on eating?
-am i allowed to have hummus? i have a slight obsession with hummus so... maybe i should make my own rather than buying it in containers?
- can i eat vegetable sushi? i know i'm not supposed to have avacado... but what about carrot or cucumber? and what about the white sushi rice? should i avoid that?
- i'm not familiar with eating sea vegetables... what are some and how do i cook or incorporate them into my meals?
- any other suggestions that might help?

ok, that seems like a lot. thanks so much if you've read and thanks for your help. i only know these two communities, so hopefully by asking, i will be able to start my metamorphasis into a macrobiotic lifestyle...

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You might want to check this out! [23 Oct 2003|03:28pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Hi everyone!

I started a new macrobiotic community that you might want to check out, as I think this one has moved on to greener pastures.

Come join us!



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Hello [12 Jun 2003|01:16am]

Hello, my name is Takeo, I've been macrobiotic since birth. I've been pretty surrounded by macrobiotics my whole life. You see, Michio and Aveline Kushi are my grandparents, so my lifestyle and its ins and outs have all been invaded by macrobiotics, for better or worse. I've only recently come to livejournal, but I'd like to reach out further into the macrobiotic world in an effort to understand it a little more.
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Might as well fill some space.. [16 Apr 2003|11:02am]

I think this journal should be used more often. As a discussion board, as a macrobiotic's journal, as a place of release..whatever. I'd like to use it though.

Hm..alright, here we go. I've been a sweet lover all my life. Especially fruit. I adore fruit. My parents encouraged fruit because in those days, when I was very young, they viewed sugar, my alternative, as extremely dangerous. (Nevermind that they like their sugar pies now..-.-)

Fact is, fruit can actually do you more harm than sugar. In some cases, of course. And if you eat too much. Which is precisely what I did. All my life, I've eaten so much fruit. As a result, my heart is greatly expanded..my nose shows it.

So..just a few days ago, I started walking the hard path away from fruit. I cut it out of my diet completely. The results have been incredible and quick. For the first time in my life, I can look in the mirror and see that my eyes aren't sanpaku. (For the clueless, if any: sanpaku basically means 'three whites' in Japanese. Usually this condition is influenced by eating too yin. It is pretty easy to spot, seeing as how your eyes will be rolling up into your head if you're sanpaku. There's another condition for people who eat too yang..though their eyes will be rolling down into their head.)

Where was I..oh yes..ever since I've quit eating so much fruit, I've been stronger, physically and emotionally. That's one of the problems with fruit - it can make you very emotional, as I found out, ehehe..

Not that my life is perfectly sweet like a Georgia peach..since I ate so much fruit over the years, I'm discharging it now. Not nice at all..also, I'm struggling to keep in the balance of yin and yang. As a woman, I'm supposed to be a bit more on the yin side, but I do a lot of heavy physical labor, leaving trouble to ensue. Eh..I find that drinking a beer each night helps though.

There's my..short story on one aspect of my life. Now c'mon people! Post!

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macrobatics-like cirque de soleil on food [14 Dec 2002|12:51pm]
So after eating like a spurting wound in need of medical care for about the last month and a half, and walking around half-shaky, I've finally got my feet firmly planted on my butt, to eat both breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a regular basis (macrobiotic of course). I had a serious dream last night which I will summarize, as I gave birth to a cat's children which she could not bear herself because she was dying, and the children were mice, unfortunately I killed one of my daughter mice in a mess of disoriented fear, aka, I by accidently stepped on my little daughter mouse and then fell on her (horribly traumatic) and I woke up with that sensation that her little crushed body was stuck on mine. And I could go into a long serious discussion of why this means I from now going vegetarian all the way, but perhaps your imagination will come up with an adequate explanation.

None the less. So far I have managed breakfast. Which was creamed rice with a little umeboshi and gomashio + creamy onion miso soup and kukicha tea. The creamy rice, which was cooking while I went to the store, was eaten first. It felt leaden in my stomach, and I understand as I eat the onion soup now, that the two are meant to be eaten together, as a pair, not separately. The onion soup, I can only describe as very similar to French kissing your most favoritest person, whilst lying in the bottom of a canoe in June under a blue sky, which I highly recommend if you can swing it, to have either or both experiences at sometime, or multiple times in the span of a lifetime. I will post the actually recipes of the day later. But I am off to go pick up tickets for the Cedar, and buy the remainder of my grocery list.
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